September/October 2022 Down Country Roads - Page 25

The minute it enters the furnace , its corrosive properties take effect . Thus , after two years of nonstop production or 100 batches of glass , a new furnace must be built . However , the benefits outweigh the cost .
During the glass blowing process , the gaffer dictates what is going to be made and what the other person does . The process itself is incredibly time sensitive .
" There ' s a lot of little chores that have to take place that you wouldn ' t even think about or see just to keep that rolling ," said Pete .

We totally immersed ourselves in glass .

Pete Hopkins